Sushi lovers, rejoice. This Tuesday, June 18, is International Sushi Day, a time to celebrate those pristine pieces of seafood artistically presented with savory flavors.
From intimate sushi spots to top-rated
26 Sushi & Tapas. At this Nikkei concept in Surfside, expect a buy-one-get-one-free offer on specialty maki of equal or lesser value all day. Options include the Karate Kid, made with tuna, avocado, scallions, top salmon, masago, and ají amarillo ($16); the Vegan Machine, with tofu tempura, cucumber, carrots, sweet shiitake, and avocado ($14); and the OMG roll, made with tuna, avocado, jalapeño, crispy shallots, and topped with hamachi and tataki ($25). 9487 Harding Ave., Surfside; 305-570-2626; 26sushitapas.com.
AQ Bar. Celebrate International Sushi Day at this stylish, intimate bar inside the Acqualina Resort & Spa. The dinner sushi menu will include specialties such as a dragon roll with shrimp tempura, spicy mayo lettuce, and avocado ($16); a snow crab California roll; and the AQ Roll, made with spicy tuna, avocado, crunch, salmon, jalapeño, and spicy sauce ($18 each). 17875 Collins Ave., Sunny Isles Beach; 877-312-9742; aqualinaresort.com.
B-Side by Itamae. The new Japanese eatery inside 1-800-Lucky will offer a special promotion. Guests who purchase a Get Lucky roll, made with four pieces of tuna, shiso, rocoto and kizami wasabi ($12), will receive 25 percent off 1-800-Lucky's featured cocktail, the Stay Lucky, which is a mix of
Casa Sensei. The Pan-Asian restaurant on Las Olas will offer a selection of specialty rolls for $10 each on International Sushi Day. Options include a drunken roll stuffed with tempura fried salmon, cream cheese, and surimi; a veggie roll; and a spicy tuna roll. Try the sushi boat for four and get a free bottle of house wine. The boat includes 24 pieces of sushi, 24 pieces of sashimi, a ten-piece rainbow roll, a Mango Tango roll, a JB tempura roll, a tuna lover roll, and a crunch tuna roll. 1200 E. Las Olas Blvd., #101, Fort Lauderdale; 954-530-4176; casasensei.com.
Chotto Matte. This Tuesday only, Chotto Matte will offer a complimentary shot of Soto sake with every sushi roll ordered. The menu includes a sake dragon roll with salmon and avocado ($11); sato
Inari Sushi Fusion. The Japanese-Peruvian restaurant will offer 50 percent off guests' dine-in food bill all day at both of its Kendall locations. Drinks are not included. 10712 SW 113th Pl., Miami; 786-558-4286; and 15672 SW 72nd St., Miami; 786-391-2099; inarisushi.com.
Katsuya Brickell at SLS Lux. The Saki & Maki special, available all day, allows guests to enjoy their choice of sake by the glass, including Junmai ($10), Ginjo ($12), or Daiginjo ($14), paired with a maki of their choice, such as spicy tuna, California, and vegetable options. 8 SW Eighth St., Miami; 305-859-0200; katsuyarestaurant.com.
Katsuya South Beach at SLS South Beach. With every purchase of a sushi roll, guests will receive two complimentary pieces of a specialty roll chosen by master sushi chef Katsuya Uechi. 1701 Collins Ave., Miami Beach; 305-455-2995; katsuyarestaurant.com.
Makoto. Head to Bal Harbour Shops for chef Makoto Okuwa's sushi combinations. Served on warm rice, the $35 sushi sampler includes nine pieces of nigiri and an eight-piece spicy tuna maki roll, while the $55 option offers 12 nigiri and a six-piece negi toro roll. Specialty rolls include vegan Stephen, with tempura zucchini, avocado, kanpyo squash, roasted red pepper, and pickled cucumber ($12); and the spicy yellowtail, with wasabi, scallion, avocado, and sliced serrano ($13). 9700 Collins Ave., Bal Harbour; 305-864-8600; makoto-restaurant.com.
Mandrake. This Asian restaurant and lounge in South Beach will host a free interactive experience with sushi chef Sylvio. Guests will create two signature hand rolls while toasting with a complimentary glass of sake per person. The restaurant's omakase tasting menu, which includes a sushi tower, costs $55. 210 23rd St., Miami Beach; 305-397-8036; mandrakemiami.com.
Novikov. Visit this upscale downtown restaurant for special sushi offers this Tuesday. The three-course power lunch includes a salmon avocado roll ($23). A spicy salmon roll is offered during social hour at the bar from 5 to 7 p.m., along with other $8 options. Dinner selections include salmon toro sashimi ($26 for two pieces), hamachi jalapeño miso roll ($18), A5 Wagyu topped with foie gras (two pieces for $26), chu toro topped with caviar (two pieces for $34), and a quail egg and truffle gunkan (two pieces for $20). 300 S. Biscayne Blvd.; 305-489-1000; novikovmiami.com.
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Sushi by Bou. Head to this omakase spot at the Villa Casa Casuarina this Tuesday and your guest will dine for free. The offer is available for groups of two only and applies to the 17-course Sushi by Bou experience ($125) and the 12-course Sushi Suite ($65). Guests can select their choice of three sakes for $40 or add a sake pairing for an additional charge. 1116 Ocean Dr., Miami Beach; 305-922-9195; sushibybou.com.
Sushi Garage. This Tuesday, Sushi Garage will offer its happy-hour menu all day. Options include tuna, salmon, and hirame sushi by the piece for $2.50, scallop leaf tacos, and avocado tempura for $5 each. 1784 West Ave., Miami Beach; 305-763-8355; sushigarage.com.
TYO Sushi. Order a sushi roll at this kosher Asian concept at the Lincoln Eatery food hall and get a second half-priced. Selections include the TYO Roll, a combination of spicy tuna, cilantro, avocado, and cucumber topped with hamachi, jalapeño, scallions, spicy aioli, and black caviar ($15); a Cuban roll with spicy ahi tuna, avocado, tomato, mango salsa, and crispy plantain ($16); and the Trio, with tuna, salmon, hamachi, avocado, and spring onion ($12). 723 Lincoln Ln., Miami Beach; tyosushi.com.
Umi Sushi & Sake Bar. The lobby bar of the Delano will celebrate International Sushi Day with a discounted specialty Delano roll, made with spicy tuna and caviar ($12.50). Other options are a negi toro roll with scallions and seaweed ($20) and lobster a roll with yuzu